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The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Please note that this webpage is for travel advice for The University of Manchester's main campus on Oxford Road, Manchester.

Many of the city centre tram stops are no more than a 10 to 15 minute walk from the main campus. Each stop is served by different lines - please see below for more information. You can check the first and last tram times, as well as the service frequency on our tram schedule webpage.


Here you can catch trams that terminate at Ashton-under-Lyne, Eccles, Altrincham and Bury.

Piccadilly Gardens

Here you can catch trams that terminate at Ashton-under-Lyne, Eccles, Altrincham and Bury.

Market Street

Here you can catch trams that terminate at Bury, Altrincham, Manchester Airport and Victoria.

Deansgate-Castlefield and St Peter's Square

Here you can catch trams that terminate at Shaw and Crompton, East Didsbury, Rochdale Town Centre, Victoria, Manchester Airport, Bury, Altrincham, Piccadilly, Ashton and Eccles.

The following buses run close to the main campus. Click on each service below for the route and timetable.

15 - Flixton - Urmston - Stretford - Hulme - Piccadilly Gardens
18 - Langley - Middleton - Blackley - Manchester Royal Infirmary
41 - Sale - Didsbury - Bowker Vale - Higher Blackley - Middleton
42 - Piccadilly Gardens - Didsbury - Heaton Mersey - Stockport
42A - North Reddish - Heaton Chapel - Piccadilly Gardens
42B - Piccadilly Gardens - Cheadle - Cheadle Hulme - Woodford
42C - Handforth Dean - Heald Green - Cheadle - Piccadilly Gardens
43 - Manchester Airport - Wythenshawe - Piccadilly Gardens
53 - Cheetham Hill - Higher Crumpsall - Old Trafford - Pendleton
85 - Chorlton - Whalley Range - Hulme - Piccadilly Gardens
85A - Arrowfield Estate - Chorlton - Hulme - Piccadilly Gardens
86 - Chorlton - Whalley Range - Brooks Bar - Piccadilly Gardens
101 - Wythenshawe - Baguley - Moss Side - Piccadilly Gardens
102 - Chorlton - Withington - Moss Side - Piccadilly Gardens
103 - Manchester Airport - Wythenshawe - Piccadilly Gardens
111 - Chorlton - Withington - Moss Side - Piccadilly Gardens
142 - East Didsbury - Withington - Moss Side - Piccadilly Gardens
143 - West Didsbury - Withington - Moss Side - Piccadilly Gardens
147 - West Didsbury - Withington - Fallowfield - Ancoats
191 - Hazel Grove - Heaviley - Stockport - Manchester City Centre
197 - Stockport - Heaton Moor - Burnage - Manchester City Centre
250 - The Trafford Centre - Trafford Park - Piccadilly Gardens
253 - Partington - Carrington - Stretford - Piccadilly Gardens
263 - Altrincham - Sale - Stretford - Hulme - Piccadilly Gardens
V1 - Leigh - Tyldesley - Salford - Manchester Royal Infirmary
V2 - Atherton - Tyldesley - Salford - Manchester Royal Infirmary

The nearest train stations are Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly. Both stations are approximately half a mile from the campus, depending on where on the campus you start your journey from.

Alternatively, you can catch the 147 bus service from Manchester Piccadilly to the University Shopping Centre.

There are many lanes, paths and routes around the city which make cycling a great choice to get from A to B - for your pocket and for the planet.


There are a number of Bee Network cycle schemes on main university commuter routes. Whether you're close to the Fallowfield loop or the Wilmslow Road cycleway, visit the Bee Active website where you can browse the schemes that have been completed and that are in development.

On the Bee Active website, you can find out more about:

  • Cycle hubs
  • Cycle hire
  • Cycle parking
  • Cycle maintenance hints and tips


Information is available on the Bee Active website to help you get into the habit of walking, and choosing to walk as a way to commute. You can find walking maps as well as hints and tips on our dedicated walking pages.

The best place to find the ticket or pass that is right for you is the ticket finder tool on our website. There, you can tailor the options to find the best ticket to get you from A to Bee.

Alternatively, to find out the ticketing options that your operator has for you, you can look up their information on our dedicated webpage.

In Greater Manchester, we want everyone to travel safely and easily. We have a variety of accessibility guides suited to your journey on our accessibility hub and some key information for travelling by Metrolink and bus below.

Accessibility on Metrolink

Metrolink is a modern system with a range of accessibility features. All Metrolink trams and tram stops are accessible for wheelchair users.

Every tram stop has:

  • A ramp, lift, or escalator - for the latest service updates for lifts and escalators at your stop, visit our dedicated webpage.
  • Step-free access for wheelchair users and people with pushchairs
  • CCTV and emergency call-points
  • platforms with tactile edges for visually impaired passengers.

Every tram has:

  • An area for people who use wheelchairs
  • Space for pushchairs
  • Seats marked for people who have trouble standing
  • Emergency call points.

For further information on the accessibility of Metrolink, please visit the accessibility hub.

Accessibility on the bus

Many buses have ramps and can accommodate wheelchairs. Some new buses also have display screens, route numbers, destination displays and audio-visual ‘next stop’ announcements.

A lot of bus operators have low floor buses to make it easier for people who use wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and those with small children and pushchairs.

For further information, visit our accessibility hub and select your bus operator for their accessibility policies.

From 24 September 2023, we will be saying 'yellow' to the first Bee Network buses.

For the first time in 40 years, bus services will be under local control in Bolton, Wigan, and parts of Bury, Salford and Manchester, with the rest of Greater Manchester's buses following in stages:

  • From 31 March 2024: Bus services in the Bury, Rochdale and Oldham areas as well as north Manchester.
  • From 5 January 2025: South Manchester, Stockport, Trafford, Tameside and the rest of Salford.

If you'd like more information about the Bee Network, you can visit our dedicated webpage. Also, if you are planning a journey by bus and would like to find out if your service is part of the Bee Network, simply search your service number on our bus webpage to find out more about your service.